Superman Day is celebrated on June 12 every year. The day is meant to celebrate the iconic Kryptonian and the nearly 90 years of storylines he’s been a part of. Superman Day was founded in 2013 by D.C. Entertainment, leading up to the release of “Man of Steel.” The day was originally called “Man of Steel Day” and was celebrated by comic book retailers — in collaboration with D.C. — by giving out free copies of “All-Star Superman #1 Special Edition.” The continuation of the day in subsequent years, along with the name change, seemed to have happened organically.
History of Superman Day
Born Kal-El on the dying planet of Krypton, Superman was first penned onto the pages of a comic book in 1933 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. His character slowly evolved, and first appeared as the character we know him to be on April 18, 1938, in “Action Comics #1.”
Kal-El was sent to Earth from his home planet by his birth parents Jor-El and Lara in their final attempt to save their son from the planet’s impending destruction. He was raised on Earth as Clark Kent by his adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent of Smallville, Kansas. As he grew up, Clark and his parents discovered his superhuman abilities, including superstrength, laser vision, x-ray vision, flight, and invulnerability, among others. The dichotomy between Clark and his alter ego, Superman, acts as a major source of tension in Superman’s storylines, as Clark juggles his job as a reporter and his activities as a symbol of hope.
Superman, since his creation, has acted as a beacon of hope for the people of Earth — his unyielding kindness and resolve to help humans are perhaps some of the most recognizable aspects of his persona. Superman is synonymous with benevolence, selflessness, and courage.
Over the years, Superman has appeared in a variety of media formats — comics books, newspaper comic strips, cartoons, films, video games, etc. The character has been played and voiced by actors like Henry Cavill, Bud Collyer, Kirk Alyn, and Brandon Routh, among others.
Superman Day timeline
Superman is created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Superman appears in “Action Comic #1.”
Superman gets his own comic.
Superman gets his own serialized radio show.
Superman Day FAQs
Is Superman richer than Batman?
Although there’s no denying Batman is extremely rich himself, when comparing the two’s overall worth including all their equipment, residential property, and overall assets, Superman comes out the victor by a huge margin.
Is Superman a God?
No — he is an alien, though.
How old is Superman now?
Superman tends to be depicted somewhere in his mid-20s and mid-30s.
Superman Day Activities
Read Superman comics
Superman is one of the most well-known comic characters. Spend the day reading a few comics featuring him.
Have a Superman watch party
If you’re feeling social, invite a few friends over and watch “Superman” movies together.
In spirit, Superman is all about helping others. Honor that spirit and volunteer for the day.
5 Facts About D.C. Comics
“Comic Sans” was partly inspired by “The Dark Knight” by Frank Miller.
D.C. was originally called “Detective Comics.”
“D.C. Comics” is owned by Warner Brothers.
“Wonder Woman” was originally named ‘Suprema.’
Batman was originally blond.
Why We Love Superman Day
Superman is iconic
Superman is an undeniably iconic character. Superman Day just brings attention to the fact.
It’s an excuse to watch Superman films
Some Superman films are a delight to watch. We love any excuse to binge them!
Superman has a fascinating history
Superman is a fascinating character who’s had an interesting run in the comics so far. We love any opportunity to talk about it.
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